A new home in the fediverse
I’m happy to be part of a server funded and governed by its members.
Joining the fediverse
I, like many others, stopped using Twitter sometime during 2022. The experience was no longer a positive one for me. That’s it.
At the time Mastodon was making the rounds so I figured I may as well check it out. I looked at the list of servers and bookmarked a few1 whose local timeline resonated with me. I still wasn’t sure about the whole thing, so I settled for mastodon.social to start. After all, you can migrate your account across servers.
And so, a whooping year and a half later, I’ve made the switch.
social.coop is one of the servers that I had originally bookmarked. I kept looking at its timeline from time to time, and followed accounts that I found interesting.
What drew my attention is that the community is organized as a cooperative. This means that, as a member, I contribute to the server’s upkeep, but also take part in its governance. As a result, I expect that incentives are better aligned for everyone involved. This is in stark contrast to how things have panned out in other social media platforms2.
Thoughts on a splintered social media scene
There is something that I’ve noticed in conversations about the current state of social media. It is stated that Mastodon doesn’t stand a chance to become the next thing. I find this notion confusing as it somewhat misses the point of Mastodon and the fediverse at large.
Federated and decentralized social media platforms such as Mastodon are not out there to become the thing3. It succeeds if it provides people the means to have more agency over their social media experience. I count myself among those who have found in it a better place. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine. At least we get to have a choice.
I looked at the list of servers today and noticed that several of the instances that I had saved are no longer indexed there. This includes social.coop. ↩︎
For what it’s worth, this can also apply to other Mastodon instances. The flipside is that at least you have more options to how to deal with this. ↩︎
Yes, there is a baseline level of activity and participation necessary for it to be viable. Likewise, it takes resources to host and moderate a server. Can we expect everyone to chip in to keep a server running? Unlikely, but at least there are models to make this feasible. ↩︎